March 8, 2014 at 3:44 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Carson: Gay people ‘don’t get to redefine marriage’

Ben Carson says gay people "don't get redefine marriage" at CPAC (Screenshot via YouTube).

Ben Carson says gay people “don’t get redefine marriage” at CPAC (Screenshot via YouTube).

A rising Republican star doubled-down Saturday on his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying gay people “don’t get to redefine marriage.”

Ben Carson, a conservative commentator and former neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University, made the comments on stage during the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference.

“Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else,” Carson said. “But they don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage.”

Carson has a history of making inflammatory statements against gay people. Last year, he gave up his speaking role at a commencement ceremony for Johns Hopkins under pressure following controversial remarks he made on Fox News comparing gay people to advocates for bestiality and pedophilia.

On stage at CPAC, Carson denied he ever made such a comparison and said reporting on his televised remarks was a fabrication of the media, although he said to applause he still believes “marriage is between a man and a woman.”

“Of course they’re not the same thing,” Carson continued. “Anybody who believes that is a dummy, but anybody who believes somebody who says that somebody said that is a dummy, that’s the problem.”

Carson made the controversial remarks last year when speaking to conservative commentator Sean Hannity about restricting marriage to unions betweens one man and one woman.

“It’s a well-established fundamental pillar of society,” Carson said. “And no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association,) be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”

Carson makes some of the extensive comments against same-sex marriage during an iteration of CPAC where Republican elected officials shied away from LGBT issues and conflict emerged among the conservative speakers on marriage equality.

Watch the video of Carson here (via Right Wing Watch):

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  • chika

    @sean, you are wrong dude, companionship and love has always been the main basis for marriage. Try not to rewrite history.
    @ron, same sex marriage is imbalanced for the kids at home. Its not ideal. A child needs the role and presence of both dad n mum. Gays tend to make a counterfeit of it by having their ‘dad’ and ‘mum’. *throws up*

    • http://blank.com That guy

      no I am not wrong chika… They have not been… you should really learn how to read… open some history books… because “marriage” the term didn’t even come around till the late 12th century and marriage; dowry they were one in the same… I feel sorry for you naive people who ever thought it was for “love” before the renaissance… when humans were tribal creatures the concept of marriage was non existence it was the strongest male would always just breed with the females… there were no marriages… but yeah what happened before the 12th century when the term “marriage” never existed… but you keep living in your dream world and ignorance to how things really were… sigh…

  • chika

    see them…novices trying to downplay the bible, they have no spiritual insight to understand the bible, yet they remark as if they know how to interpret the bible intoto. *hisses* well done mr carson!

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